The acceptance of interracial marriage is growing as more and more Americans marry spouses from different cultural and racial backgrounds.

A report released by the Pew Research Center says that 43 percent of Americans believe that marriage between people of different races has been productive in our society while only 10 percent believe it has changed America for the worse.

“The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century,” Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University, told the Associated Press. “Mixed-race children have blurred America’s color line. They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds.

“But America still has a long way to go,” he continued.

According to the report, college-educated and self-defined political liberal adults are more likely to be accepting of interracial marriages. Over 50 percent of college graduates think it’s better for society and 59 percent of liberals think its better, it said. Still, it found, only one-third of self-described political conservatives and people limited to high school diplomas agree.


The report also measured numbers on not just people’s thoughts on interracial marriage, but interracial marriages themselves.


The western region of the country has the highest percentage of interracial marriages with 22 percent, followed by 14 percent in the South, 13 percent in the Northeast and 11 percent in the Midwest. Hawaii has the largest percentage of interracial marriages with 42 percent.

The report also said that White/Asian couples have significantly higher median combined earnings than any other group at an annual average income of $70,952 followed by White/White unions averaging $60,000 annually.

Blacks and Latinos who married Whites had higher educational attainment than those who married within their own race.

Overall the percentage of Asians likely to marry someone outside their race is 27.7 percent, followed by Latinos at 25.7 percent, Blacks at 17.1 percent and Whites at 9.4 percent.